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Old 05-04-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Just got my first Subaru. Bought it from a buddy who likes to rally them. Its a 1997 Impreza Brighton Coupe with 5 speed. But here comes the interesting part, he has modified it from AWD to RWD. Super fun to drive. Just need to fix up the body and interior and it will be awesome. Lots of plans for this car. Gunna add pictures as soon as I clean it up and get it presentable. Well have a great day everybody. Drive Free.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #2
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Welcome! Be sure to fill out your profile. Let's see some before and after pictures lol.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:42 PM   #3
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To convert one of these cars from awd to rwd doesn't that just consist of removing the front driveshafts?
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:07 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Subby family =-)
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:15 PM   #5
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To convert one of these cars from awd to rwd doesn't that just consist of removing the front driveshafts?
seems like the center differential would have to be locked or welded as well.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:14 PM   #6
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Finally cleaned it up, well as much as one can do. Wheels need new paint, new doors, bumper, and paint job needed but alas one project at a time. Thinking a
Silver base coat, with blue accents, and gold metallic rims.

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Old 05-05-2013, 11:19 PM   #7
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Who needs to worry about paint when the boxer rumble can intimidate anyone! Ride it as a sleeper! Congrats man!
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:12 AM   #8
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:16 PM   #9
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So I got bored last night and decided to paint the rims gold. Not a finished product more just a trial to see what colors would work. Also picked up a few interior pieces, off 2001 RS. Door panels and center console. They are auto windows, so Im gunna modify the panels to fit properly. And also realized after I got home, I realized the center console is about 9 inches too long for my car, so I'm gonna cut that down too. I see fiberglass work in my future ahah. But decided I'd add some pictures of the rims.

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Old 05-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #10
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Hold on. If he liked to rally it why did he make it RWD. AWD is much better for rallying. Even FWD is generally better than RWD for rallying. Are you sure you don't mean drifting?
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:38 AM   #11
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Well he bought and worked on this one as just a screw around car, the car doesn't drift very well haha. He's upgrading his garage so I got this for cheap from him. Really thinking about converting it back to AWD but Idk yet.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:38 AM   #12
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I love how clean it looks ,If you could find out how he converted the drive train (whether he modded the tranny or swapped it or whatever) I'd appreciate that.

Congrats on a cheap, clean scoob and welcome to the family!
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:22 PM   #13
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He converted it by welding the rear diff, center diff, and rear end. Also the older pictures are with it clean. Then we mowed, now its dirty
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:05 PM   #14
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Quick question I'm leaking oil from the top of the engine. Ice narrowed it down to either a cam seal or crankshaft seal. I kinda just wanna do both, what sorta things do I need to be worried about, I've never done anything to a boxer engine before and I'd prefer not having to replace an engine cause I screwed up. Thanks.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:41 PM   #15
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You gotta make good use of the "search" feature ; ) but heres a write up to get you an idea

http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t113...nk-pulley.html

So it involves removing the cam and crank pullies and timing belt, and also compressing the tentioner. Its kind of a big job so make sure thats what you need and do your homework
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:41 AM   #16
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Yeah search is awesome lol, I was on my phone at the time and this thing sucks at searches. I think what I really need is someone who's willing to help for a case of beer lol.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:49 PM   #17
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So I tried searching stuff down, and I can't really get a clear answer. So hopefully someone can help me out. I'm ordering parts tonight, my plan is to do cam shaft seal, crank shaft seal, and oil pump seal. I'm also thinking about doing a timing belt change, it just looks a little worn. So I'm wondering is now a good time to do water pump? I know it was done when the motor was swapped. But I wanna be careful as I'm already putting alot of money into the car. More new parts So yeah any ideas would be nice on this, and if your guys could give me a few tips and tricks for do it your self work. Thanks guys, Drive free.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:32 PM   #18
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Need more help, so I just went ahead and did the crankshaft seal. Turned my car on for the first time since the work. And now it runs like crap, I thought I had all the timing marks lined up. But it sputters at an idle and at running speeds. Could I be off on my timing by a tooth or two or did I screw something else up? Thanks guys n gals
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:20 PM   #19
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You should probably take the case off and check the timing marks. Also check the tentioner, if the belt is skipping teeth than that might cause your problem. Try to see if you forgot to reconnect any sensors or mismatched any ignition wires.

Awesome video on installing heads, but in your case skip to 39:00. he talks about everything you need to know

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Old 05-23-2013, 01:05 AM   #20
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I am new to the subaru world, I bought a 2004 wrx abt two months ago. The car has some mods, and an full tune. I tore first gear out of the trans today, does anyone have any good leads on a used trans?
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:20 AM   #21
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I am new to the subaru world, I bought a 2004 wrx abt two months ago. The car has some mods, and an full tune. I tore first gear out of the trans today, does anyone have any good leads on a used trans?
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2468836

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Old 05-25-2013, 08:24 PM   #22
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Ended up tearing it all back off, took a little while to get back at it. Had an accident at work so I was working with one hand. Ended up I had the left cam just a little not lined up. Now its running great again, no oil leak or engine light. Just wished I had it done Thursday night, went to the new FnF6 and everyone was trying to race in the parking lot at the movie theater. I cant race a 94 Integra with a GeoGirl License plate. haha
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